Rev. Eusebius Mbidoaka, Ph.D., S.T.D.
Thank you for your interest in St. John the Baptist Parish. We invite you to become involved with your faith life in our parish and continue your spiritual growth through the many resources offered here. St. John the Baptist Church offers weekday and Sunday Masses as well as Eucharistic Adoration. The parish has programs in education and pastoral ministry for children, youth and adults as well as a vibrant social ministry outreach. The programs and services of the parish continue to grow. St. John’s school provides an excellent education in an intentionally Catholic environment. Each new parishioner adds a richness to our faith community which allows us to reflect more fully the Body of Christ in today’s society.
Thursday - 5:30 P.M.
Friday - 8:15 A.M.
Saturday - 5:00 P.M.
Sunday - 10:00 A.M.
Friday 6:00 - 7:00 P.M.
Thursday - 5:00 P.M.
Saturday- 4:20 P.M.
Office Hours: Tuesday through Friday 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.
Calendar of Upcoming Events
* From the Office of the Bishop
In response to countless inquiries about how to help the victims of the flooding in the Diocese of Baton Rouge,
please access the Diocese of Baton Rouge website (www.diobr.org) for instructions on how to make monetary donations.
* 100 year Celebration of St. John the Baptist Parish
We will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of St. John the Baptist Parish throughout the week of September 18-25, 2016.
A schedule of Events is shown below.
to view the flyer for this celebration, including an order form for 100th anniversary shirts, please click the link below.
Sunday, September 18 - Annual Ice Cream Social 5:00 - 7:00. Ice Cream & Cake, Raffles, Games!
Wednesday, September 21 - Living Rosary @ 6:30. Bring cookies to share afterword
Thursday, September 22 - Memorial Mass for deceased parishioners @ 5:00. Fill out form to remember parishioners and place in the collection plate or turn in to school office
Friday, September 23 - Fish Fry and Gab Fest at the K of C Hall from 4:00-7:00 with a Parish Talent Show beginning at 6:30 (Sign up with Ms Deb). Meal is $12/adults, $6/children
Saturday, September 24 - Parish Picnic at West Frankfort Aquatic Center/Park @ 1:00. Bring your own drinks and a side dish to share. Sign-up sheet for side dishes will be posted at back of the church
Sunday, September 25 - Mass to Celebrate 100 years followed by reception in the gym - Display of memorabilia. Contact Theresa Renik if you have items or pictures to loan for the display.
* Kroger Plus Card Fundraiser for St. John School
The St. John Parents Association will be enrolling and re-enrolling anyone who is interested in the Kroger Plus Card fundraiser for St. John School after each weekend Mass during the month of August in the school library.
If you are new or Re-enrolling, this is a great way to support our school by just buying groceries.
Please bring your Kroger Plus card with you.
For more information, please contact Kelly McCord at (618) 923-3557.
* Ice Cream Social/Mega Raffle
Ticket sales for the Ice Cream Social and the Mega Raffle will be sold in the back of church each weekend. The tickets for the Ice Cream Social are $4.00 and the Mega Raffle Tickets are $50.00 and only 500 are being sold. The first Mega Raffle drawing for $500.00 will be held at St. John's on Sunday, August 28, 2016.
* PSR NEWS
PSR will begin on Sunday, August 28, 2016, at 9:00 am with a parent meeting. Registration, a schedule for the year and other information for the PSR school year will be covered during this meeting. PSR classes will begin on Sunday, September 11, 2016, 9:00-9:50 am for all students in grades Pre-K-8th. This is a Confirmation year for students in 7th and 8th Grades.
Please contact Emma Tuthill at (618) 982-9204 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
* RCIA NEWS
RCIA classes will begin in early September. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the
Catholic faith, and possibly becoming a member, please come to the classes on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:00 pm at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Benton.
For more information, please call any team member or your parish priest.
Team members: Ellen Popit (618) 889-6598, Helen Pagano (618) 534-6842, Mike Young (618) 927-3060, Drs. David or Donna Spencer (618) 521-7812 or Sister Laura Reynolds at (618) 923-4345.
The classes are open to everybody, especially "Cradle Catholics" who want to learn more and get "re-charged"!
* YOUTH GROUP
Youth Group kicks off Sunday, September 11, from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. All youth in 5th-12th Grades
are invited to attend. You do not have to be Catholic to attend. Come join the fun on a bungee run, eating hot dogs, winning prizes and playing games.
For more information, please contact Emma Tuthill at 618-982-9204 or email@example.com.
* Baptism Classes
The next Baptism classes will be held on Monday, September 12, and Monday, September 26, at 6:15 pm for anyone seeking the Sacrament of Baptism for their child. To register, please contact Emma Tuthill at (618) 982-9204 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You must register for the class to attend. In the event there are no registered parents, the class will be cancelled.
* Retired Diocesan Priests Collection
On the weekend of September 17-18 you will have the opportunity to contribute to the first annual Retired
Diocesan Priests Collection. All monies collected will be used only for long-term nursing care, Medicare
supplemental insurance and prescriptions for our retired Diocesan priests. Your gift is a wonderful way
to show your gratitude to the priests who have served and continue to serve us so faithfully. Please be generous.
* Retrouvaille of St. Louis
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For everyone else there is Retrouvaille. Are you frustrated, hurt or angry with each other? Are you constantly
fighting so you simply shut down? Have you thought about a separation or divorce? Does talking only make it worse?
For information on the Retrouvaille Program, visit the website www.HelpOurMarriage.com or call 1-800-470-2230.
The next program begins the weekend of September 16-18, 2016.
* Knights of Columbus
Every Tuesday Night Bingo
West Frankfort KC Hall
* Daughters of Isabella
Every Friday Night Bingo
Herrin KC Hall
School News from the Principal
* Dear Parents and Guardians,
We are already into our second week. The students are settling back into the routine of being at school.
Starting on Monday, August 29, I will be meeting with the K-8 for about 15 minutes prior to going to class. We will discuss things in general about the prior week or weekend. We will meet in the Social Room or Gym, so please make sure that they come there. Thank you.
We will have School Mass every Friday at 8:15 am. You are welcome to come celebrate with the students. We would love to have you there and the students would too.
Our first Parent's Association meeting will be Thursday, September 8. This will be their "Meet and Greet". We will start at 6:00 pm with food and the meeting will start at 6:30 pm.
* Laundry Detergent Fund Raiser
We have started our laundry detergent fund raiser for this school year. Please click on the link below for complete information (including order form) about this event.
Laundry Detergent Fund Raiser